Lanai Weekly: October 15 - 19, 2018

Principal’s Message:

Dear Parents,

Do you remember “Every good boy does fine?” Now it’s “Every good burger deserves fries!” That’s what our fifth graders were learning in music class this week along with back beats, syncopation, note reading and singing rounds. Ask your fifth grader what the “and” is in a musical pattern. Five musical lesson bites in 30 minutes with the entire class fully engaged through stomping clapping, singing, and reading music—Wow what fun!

Fall is a great time to read and sit and read a book and relax in a lovely shaded area surrounded by plants and bushes. All our students are able to do that right outside our library because we received a campus beautification grant! The area is lush, peaceful and inviting thanks to the beautiful design and installation by Brad. He also had a terrific helper - Maddie, who provided lots of extra “elbow grease!” Stop by and see the lovely space he created for our students!

On Thursday, our PSW (Wellness Coach) Mrs. Johanna Johnston, presented a very informative parent workshop on Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying. As our students and the greater society uses technology as a daily means of communication, we must remind them that unkind posting leaves more than just a  fingerprint, it can leave lasting harm.

Things are definitely Spooky at Lanai! Parents, ghosts and goblins have very been busy preparing our campus for the best Spooktacular ever! Our students look forward to this all year - games, rides, prizes, crafts, a chorus presentation, and yummy treats! I hope to see everyone on Sunday. A super, spooky thanks to all the parents who have worked tirelessly for months preparing for Spooktacular!

Some parent highlights for next week: Please plan on joining us on Tuesday night as Portola Middle School Principal, Jennifer Yoo, will be at Lanai to present information about the unique and terrific opportunities that Portola offers. On Wednesday at 8:30 join me for Coffee with the Principal and the All Parents Team meeting so you can hear all about what’s going on at school.

Finally, we are collecting cleaned and gently used Halloween costumes for children in need. Please send your child’s last year costume to school in a plastic bag and we will donate them.

Boo. See you at Spook!

Lisa Elan

Monday, October 15

  • Halloween Costume drive continues this week

Tuesday, October 16

  • Early Dismissal today: 1:40 pm

  • The Hut is open after school

  • Meet Portola Middle School - 7pm in the auditorium

Wednesday, October 17

  • All Parents TEAM Meeting/Coffee With the Principal, 8:30 in Parent Center

Thursday, October 18

  • Great California Shake-out Earthquake Drill, 9:00 am


Friday, October 19

  • School Tour at 8:45 am, Parent Center


October 17        All Parents TEAM Meeting/Coffee With The Principal, 8:30 Parent Center

October 18        Great California Shake-out Earthquake Drill

October 19        School Tour for Prospective Families, 8:45 Parent Center

October 22        Diwali Celebration (Indian Festival of lights) at morning assembly

October 22        FOLB Board Meeting

October 22        Character Assembly for TK/Kinder, 12:45 in auditorium (TBC)

October 23        Parent Presentation: LAUSD Gifted & Talented Program (GATE), 8:30am

October 24        Author Visit for 3rd/4th Gr. - Betty Birney, 11 - 11:45 in auditorium

October 25        ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee) meeting

October 25        Science Explosion & Engineering Day, Gr. 2nd - 5th

October 25        4th Gr. On-site Field Trip - Chumash Visit

October 26        Science Explosion & Engineering Day, TK/K/1

October 26        SSC (School Site Council) meeting

October 31        Halloween Costume Parade, 8:30

November 2        Lunch with the Principal

November 4        Daylight Savings Time - Fall back 1 hr

November 6        Midterm Elections, Community Polling Station in Lanai auditorium

November 8        Principal’s Awards at 8:15, auditorium

November 9        Veterans Day event at morning assembly, followed by coffee reception

November 12        No School - Veterans Day

November 14        Character Day - Wear green for responsibility


  • Lunch Boxes and Personal Items - Please remember to put your name on all personal items, particularly lunch boxes being dropped off in the office after the school day starts. If they are not claimed by the student, the office will be unable to identify who it goes to.

  • Any student with stitches, staples, casts, crutches, etc must visit the school nurse as soon as they return to school.  A doctor’s note is required in order to return to the classroom.


**Refreshments will be provided at all events**

Meet Portola Middle School - Tuesday, October 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Lanai Auditorium. This event is for parents and students. Portola Principal Jennifer Yoo will present on the variety of programming options available to students. Prior Lanai students will be available to field questions.

LAUSD Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) - Tuesday, October 23 from 8:30 - 9:30 am in the Parent Center.  Given by Lanai’s GATE coordinator, Brittany Motodani and Robbie Solomon, Community Representative. Topics to be discussed include the recommendation and identification process in various GATE categories, how GATE instruction is handled at Lanai and what to expect at other LAUSD schools and how Lanai’s School for Advanced Studies is part of the overall GATE program.  For more information on LAUSD’s GATE program, please visit    

Be SMART - A Conversation About Kids, Guns and Safety. Wednesday, November 28 at 6:30 pm in the Lanai auditorium - For adults only.  The Be SMART campaign promotes responsible gun storage and asks all adults to take simple steps to reduce the harm that can occur when unsupervised children get ahold of an unsecured firearm. For more information visit:

Please RSVP by commenting below if you plan to attend any of the Lanai hosted presentations.


11th Annual Halloween Costume Drive is underway! Do you have an outgrown, pre-owned Halloween costume that you’d like to get rid of?  We are collecting new or gently used costumes for the children of Hope Gardens, a transitional living shelter in Sylmar.  Undamaged costumes and accessories only please. You can put them in a plastic bag to keep them clean. Donation box is located outside the office.

Halloween Candy Give-Back for Operation Gratitude - Need to get rid of the “extra” candy your child brought home after trick or treating?  Lanai is a designated collection center for Halloween Candy which will be given to Operation Gratitude and shipped to military families overseas. The donation bin will be inside the office November 1 - 7.

Is there a military veteran in your family? On Friday, November 9th we will be holding a simple ceremony to celebrate Veterans Day at Lanai. As part of the presentation, we would like to introduce some veterans from the 5 branches of the Armed Services.  If you have a family member who would like to participate, please contact Jody Chow at or leave a comment below.

The Reflections Art Contest will be starting this Monday, October 8 and submissions will be due to the office by Monday, October 29. The application will be in the Office.  The theme of this year’s contest is “Heroes Around Me”.  The categories for submission are: Dance choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.  For more information the Reflections program, visit


SpOOktacular is finally here!! Please join us on Sunday, October 14th, from 11 AM to 4 PM for our annual Halloween Carnival. Tickets and T-Shirts will be available for purchase at the carnival. All proceeds go to Lanai to support our school.

Lanai’s Annual Spooktacular Bake Sale is Sunday! Please check the flyer sent home for the items requested by class. Please, NO NUTS! If you can, all items except cakes should be individually wrapped in a clear plastic bag (if you’re feeling fancy you and the kids can turn this into a fun art project and decorate the bags!  Bring it to Spooktacular on Sunday. Store bought items only - no home-made goods allowed.

The first issue of the Lanai Leader is here!  Published 5 times a year by Lanai parents, articles and photos are provided by our school community along with information about our corporate  sponsors. One copy of the Lanai Leader was sent home with each family (check your eldest child’s backpack). You can also see the entire issue in color on our website:


Outstanding cafeteria Balance notices have been sent out to families who have negative credit in their child's account.  These notices will be sent out three times a week until the account has been settled.

You can add credit, pay your balance and see your child's cafeteria history online by going to:  You will need your child's school ID (found on their report card or call the school office). Alternately, you can visit the cafeteria in person between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:30 pm to pay by cash.

If you have any questions about your child's cafeteria account, please call Aida at (818) 788-4025.  

Snack Menu for October:

Lunch Menu for October:


Free Online Tutoring via LA Public Library and

Connecting with an online tutor is easy and free. You just need a library card and a computer or mobile device with internet access. Help is available everyday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for K-12 students and adult learners.  For more information, please visit:

Walter Reed Middle School Prospective Students and Parents Orientation - Wednesday, October 17 from 6 to 8pm, 4525 Irvine Avenue, North Hollywood.  Walter Reed Middle School is a vibrant community of more than 1600 scholars housed in 6 Smaller Learning Communities: Environmental Science, Global Leadership, Humanities, Individualized Honors, Media Arts, and STEAM.

LAUSD E-Choices Brochures are now in! If you’re planning on applying to a magnet school, dual language program or a school for advanced studies (SAS), physical copies of the brochures have arrived in the school office.  You can also download the brochures online at:

Enrollment information for Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) and Gifted and Highly Gifted Magnet Schools/Centers (GATE) can be found in the attached LAUSD newsletter. The newsletter is also available on the Gifted/Talented Programs website.


Adopt-A-Pet and Meet your Local Station 83 Firefighters - Sunday, November 4th from 1am to 2pm. Fire Station 83, 4960 Balboa Blvd. Take a tour of the fire station, meet your local fire fighter and find your new best friend while you’re there! Hosted by LA Animal Services, Councilmember Paul Koretz and LAFD Operations.

JDRF One Walk - Sunday, November 4th at 8am - Rose Bowl, Pasadena

JDRF One Walk brings together more than 900,000 people across the country to change the future for everyone living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This fun, family–friendly event gives people with T1D, their loved ones, companies and the local community the opportunity to come together, create change and positively impact lives of those living with T1D. Here at Lanai, we have 3 students with T1D who are creating a team to support this cause.  For more information on joining the walk, please visit

LAUSD Facilities Forum in the Valley - Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Taft Charter High School, 5461 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills. Join LAUSD Board VP Nick Melvoin, the Facilities Services Division and the Local District Northwest in a  forum to discuss the facilities challenges and opportunities in the northwest SFV to ensure our school facilities are 21st century spaces where learning thrives. RSVP at